World’s largest observation wheel ‘Ain Dubai’ to welcome guests from later this year

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel and emirate’s newest landmark, located over the Bluewaters island, will open to the public in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

Earlier this week, Dubai Holding has confirmed the appointment of Ronald Drake as the general manager of Ain Dubai, bringing 35 years of experience developing global tourist attractions, retail and live entertainment projects. Passionate about international entertainment and attractions, Mr. Drake’s long-standing career includes roles in America, Asia, and now the Middle East.

Set to become the ‘must-visit’ venue for views, sunsets, entertainment and celebrations, the 250 meter Ain Dubai re-imagines the traditional observation wheel experience, translating it into a world-class entertainment hot spot that delivers bespoke experiences suited to all types of celebratory occasions for people of all ages to enjoy.

Mohamed Sharaf
Mohamed Sharaf
Chief Operating Officer
Dubai Holdings

“We are extremely proud of Ain Dubai as we endeavor tirelessly to ensure innovative concepts are brought to life in Dubai, building on our track record of launching some of the Emirate’s most popular entertainment attractions and destinations, while expanding Dubai Holding’s diverse entertainment portfolio. We have every confidence that Ronald’s invaluable contribution will ensure that this project will be another success.” 

Ain Dubai, set against Dubai’s sparkling skyline with breathtaking land and sea views, outshines anything that has come before it, ushering a new age in the world of entertainment. The 48 double-glazed, ultra-luxurious cabins will be able to transport up to 1,750 passengers at a time. The custom-built, fully air-conditioned cabins offer unrivaled and unforgettable 360-degree views of Dubai in premium comfort.

It is designed to provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. Its base will serve as an entertainment zone, and an 80 meter LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information.

The wheel’s first capsule was installed in August 2020 and the remaining 47 capsules were gradually installed over the months. When completed, the Ferris wheel will be taller than the current world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014.

The construction on the project began in May 2015 and was expected to be completed in early to mid-2019. The target opening date was moved to October 20, 2020, in order to coincide with Expo 2020, and then it was again postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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